Personalised Peg Doll Family – H&N Part One

Earlier this year, I was asked to make a personalised peg doll couple and their pet dogs as a special gift for a lovely pair of in-laws. As always, I was excited by the new commission and couldn’t wait to get started on their peg dolls.

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The couple had great outfits which were bright and distinct. This is always really important as it makes each personalised peg doll immediately recognisable to the recipients when they get them!

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The lady doll had a really vibrant jumper and I loved adding the cute necklace detail too!

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The gentleman had a jumper with really distinctive coloured stripes and a  heavily-cabled pattern. I’d only drawn a cabled pattern once before, here, on a very dark cardigan. There was nowhere to hide or room for error this time though! With the bright colours involved, the cabling pattern would be very clear. But you know me and how much I enjoy a challenge. I loved creating the pattern on the jumper and was pleased with the finished result.

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As well as the humans, I also had 3 dogs to add to the peg doll family. It was a lot of fun catching the individual details and characters of each one!

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It is amazing how they come into their own once you start adding the colour.

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It’s always great to hear back from my customers that the peg dolls went down as a great success! It’s even better when their recipients get in touch themselves too!  H was so pleased with the gift from her daughter in law that she asked if I could possibly create her three sons too, to complete their set. Brilliant!

 

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Pop back next week for Part II, where I will share the rest of this gorgeous peg doll family with you. I’m looking forward to introducing three young men with three very different styles!

Until then, as always,

Cwtch ♥ Mawr

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Personalised Peg Doll Family – A True Gift of Love

My fellow Creativepreneur Jo, of Crafty Jo Designs, contacted me last year in order to ask if I could create a peg doll family for her niece for Christmas.  Jo makes amazing floral creations, from “forever flowers” to beautiful floral necklaces that are definite show stoppers. Take a peep at her gorgeous work in detail on her website.

Here are the beautiful peg doll family themselves:

Mum’s dress was initially a challenge, but I absolutely loved recreating it once I got going! 

She had a gorgeous dress in the photo I was sent to work from, from what I could see of it. But she was slightly obscured in the photo and I couldn’t be sure of a few things, so I got in back in touch with Jo to see if she had any more details. Eventually, after a lot of web searching, we were able to find the dress online for me to work from.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While I pride myself on primarily using coloured pencil for my peg dolls, sometimes I use other materials when the commission calls for it. This was one of those cases.

In order to get the best representation of the swirling galaxy colours of the dress, I used water colours blended directly on the wood. Once dry, I then flicked small flashes of white and black paint on top to create the star-like flecks.

It was great to experiment with a different technique and I think it worked really well for this particular peg doll.

Dad was cool too! With his distinctive hair, glasses and jumper he was great to personalise.

A particular special touch was added here. Jo shared the couple met at Glastonbury, and asked if I could incorporate festival tickets as a nod to this. As always, I’m only too pleased to work in such a special detail on my peg dolls.
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Jo tipped me off that the couple love the band New Order, and asked if I could dress their young toddler in something that reflected this. I searched through the band’s album art and merchandise and we agreed on this:peg doll family, new order,  peg doll family, peg doll couple

Not long after Jo’s niece had received her peg doll family came another call for a new little addition! I was so pleased to arrange this surprise for them on behalf of Jo. A true gift of love! Working together, we decided to link him to the existing peg dolls using blue colours like his mum and brother. Additionally, his initial forms a big red monogram like on dad’s jumper.peg doll family, baby peg doll, tiny peg doll

I was completely delighted to be able to complete this peg doll family with this tiny addition.

Can I make some peg doll magic for you? Drop me a line using the contact form so that we can get chatting about your ideas!

Cwtch ♥ Mawr

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Family of Peg Dolls – Stars, Scarves and Bow Ties

I am always excited when I get a new commission for a family of peg dolls. Usually it means a whole lot of bright and colourful clothing to work with.  This group was certainly no exception!
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All of the outfits for this family were full of the patterned details that I love to work with.

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Here is the first of the couples within the group:

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This amazing silk scarf was a dream to recreate! I loved the challenge of working the patterns across the folds and drapes in the material.

The second couple are just as bold and beautiful!

The lady has her sunglasses on her head and I loved her shooting star jersey!

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And what about this shirt! Isn’t it amazing? I love recreating check shirts anyway, but the addition of the tiny music notes and cheeky lady sat io a guitar knocks this one out of the ball park!

The sweet children don’t disappoint either. The cool dude on the left has a funky rocket jumper, and a cape with his name on the back! The little baby is decorated in a blanket inspired by his big brothers’ space jumper!peg doll family, peg doll children

This commission also includes two much-loved dogs. as both have passed away, I was asked to include wings on their backs in remembrance.

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Another amazing family of peg dolls for me to have created! I love every commission I get the honour of working on – will my next one be for you?

Take a look at the gallery to see other families I’ve created and then drop me a line for a chat about your ideas!

Until then,
Cwtch ♥ Mawr

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Ice Hockey Peg Doll – Let’s Go Devils!

I was recently asked to create an Ice Hockey Peg doll for a teams’ biggest little fan!

Lola was about to turn 9, and had recently got into watching the Cardiff Devils play. Her mum got in touch to ask if it would be possible to make a personalised peg doll of her wearing their jersey.

Mr T and I started to go and watch The Devils ourselves last year, so I know how totally addictive live matches and cheering The Devils on is! I of course jumped at the chance to make a special ice hockey peg doll for her!
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Needless to say, I LOVED working the tiny logo details on to the ice hockey peg doll! And for once – I remembered to take in-progress pictures to share!

I drew the outlines of the logo first, to make sure I got them just right and fit them into the tiny area on the dolls tummy. The tip of my finger here helps give some perspective into how small the work was.
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Then of course, I carefully coloured it in, sealing each colour as I went to keep them vibrant and avoid bleeding from the high pigment content.

To truly personalise the peg doll, I added Lola’s name and age to the back in the style that the players have on their shirts.Ice Hockey Fan Peg Doll

Another peg doll commission that was completely up my street!

Lola’s and her Mum loved the finished peg doll! Mum left a lovely review on my facebook page which is always so lovely to read! The Cardiff Devils definitely have an awesome new little fan cheering them on from the stands!

Let’s Go Devils!!
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Would you like your own Ice Hockey Peg Doll? Or  maybe it’s another sport which gets you rooting and cheering from the side lines!

You can check out the other sporting peg dolls I have created in the past, here!

Cwtch ♥ Mawr
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Teacher Gifts Peg Dolls ~ They’re here!

I have teased about our Teacher Gifts peg dolls on Facebook and Instagram, but they are finally live and ready in the shop!

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Developed from our Christmas Count Down idea which use our very own original and pioneering Drilled Doll design, each teacher peg doll comes complete with it’s own real little pencil. Ready and on-hand for all those marking, note writing, and sketching jobs!

additionally, The teacher gift peg dolls can be personalised with a short name or message free of charge:

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As always, each peg doll has been individually hand crafted using our unique, skilled process. Each will come beautifully packaged ready to give to your recipient and will be complete with a Care Card. Find them here!

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